Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has developed a nasty streak when it comes to offloading players since his arrival at the club back in January and the summer transfer window looks like being another busy time for the Reds’ boss.
The Spaniard let no fewer than eight players leave the City Ground during the last transfer window and Karanka seems determined to ensure he has the very best squad available to him, as he bids to lead Forest towards the Premier League.
The boss’ ruthless streak isn’t likely to bode well for some of the club’s current crop of players and one man who could see doubts cast over his future at Forest is right-back Eric Lichaj.
Following a needless red card in a 0-0 draw with Burton Albion last season, the American full-back struggled to regain his place in the side, after a string of solid performances from his replacement Tendayi Darikwa and it appears that the ex-Burnley man is now Karanka’s first-choice on the right-hand side of the back four.
Lichaj is 29-years-old now and sitting on the bench at this stage of his career isn’t going to be ideal for him, whilst the question also has to be raised as to whether or not the man who has played 173 times for Forest is even good enough to play regular football in a side that wants to challenge in the higher echelons of the Championship.
Don’t get me wrong, Lichaj is a great professional and his work rate is second to very few other players in the Reds’ side, but the sad truth is that in recent years Forest supporters have been guilty as charged when it comes to getting all misty eyed over pretty average football players.
Would Lichaj be a decent squad player, capable of filling in the gaps when suspensions or injuries hit the squad hard? Yes, he probably would, but is it a waste of a wage if that’s all he would be? After all his profession as merely a fringe player could be filled by an academy graduate instead.
It has been reported by various sections of the media this week that several Championship clubs and sides from the MLS have been showing an interest in Lichaj and now wouldn’t be a bad time for the player to move to pastures new.
The harsh reality for Forest, and perhaps more so for Lichaj, is that if the club is serious about challenging for the play-offs next season then better players are required at the football club.
Of the two right-backs currently at the City Ground it would appear that Karanka will only keep one and sadly for the man who this week won the BBC FA Cup Goal of the Season award for his stunner against Arsenal, that doesn’t bode well, with a departure looking somewhat inevitable.
Nottingham Forest fans, what are your thoughts on Eric Lichaj? Should he stay or should he go? Let us know in the comments below!!!